Environment Minister Peter Kent announced new regulations for
coal-fired power plants this afternoon.
The new regulations will come into effect on July 1, 2015, and
will require new power plants and those that have reached the end
of their useful life to meet an emissions intensity standard of 420
tonnes of CO2 per GWh of electricity (roughly equivalent to
the emissions intensity from a combined cycle natural gas
The new regulations will apply in provinces that do not sign
equivalency agreements with Ottawa (in provinces with such
agreements, provincial standards will apply). A draft
agreement is in place for Nova Scotia (
discussed here), and agreements are being negotiated for
Saskatchewan and Alberta.
For further details, see Environment Canada's backgrounder .
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